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Imprelis lawsuits consolidated in Pennsylvania federal court

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Any lawsuit filed in a federal court over damages caused by DuPont’s failed herbicide Imprelis will be consolidated as part of multidistrict litigation (MDL) in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

According to a report at, about 40 lawsuits from 17 different federal court districts will be centralized for pre-trial motions and other proceedings. MDL is designed to expedite the pre-trial portion of legal proceedings and an effective way to eliminate the possibility of appeal due to inconsistent court rulings.

In each of the lawsuits filed, property and business owners blame Imprelis for the death of certain species of trees and other plants. Imprelis has caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage among the lawsuits already filed and it is expected that more than a thousand could join this MDL.

Just over two months ago, in August, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered all sales of Imprelis be halted due to widespread reports of dead white pine, Norway spruce and other poplar, conifer and willow trees.

Imprelis was available at the commercial level, not retail, but was still applied to thousands of lawns, parks and golf courses. Imprelis was used by professional landscape services who work on lawns at private residences.

Thousands of trees have died soon after Imprelis was applied because it came with no warning of the danger it presented to these trees. DuPont failed to test Imprelis’ effects on these tree species but heavily marketed the so-called “green” herbicide since the beginning of the year. It was approved for use in December by the EPA.

Imprelis MDL will be coordinated by District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter. disclaimer: This article: Imprelis lawsuits consolidated in Pennsylvania federal court was posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 5:16 am at and is filed under Uncategorized.

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